Past Initiatives

Since its inception in 2003, the Harvard International Negotiation Program has led global initiatives to bridge the emotional and identity-based divides in our world.  We have taught courses across Harvard University and around the world, published research on the emotional dimensions of conflict resolution, developed curricula that translate our findings into practical negotiation tools, and launched a range of pragmatic research initiatives, including building a conflict assessment instrument for the International Criminal Court; leading educational initiatives on global security in cooperation with the World Economic Forum; and working toward peace in the Middle East through contributions to the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation Partners Program and the Shades Negotiation Program.  We also have hosted an annual INP Distinguished Lecture Series featuring heads of state and leading security experts discussing the role of identity in conflict resolution.

INP's affiliate faculty have included some of the most prominent scholars and practitioners grappling with the psychological dimensions of conflict.  Some examples: Professor Roger Fisher, co-author of the negotiation classic Getting to Yes, co-authored Beyond Reason with Daniel Shapiro and lent his insights from consulting on such high-profile global conflicts as the negotiations in South African to end apartheid, the original Camp David negotiations, and the border dispute between Ecuador and Peru. Professor Judith Herman, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and one of the world's preeminent experts on trauma and healing, contributed to INP's collaboration with the International Criminal Court in creating a conflict assessment for the Court. Professor Robert Jay Liftonarguably the world's leading expert on the psychology of mass violence, has contributed substantial insights to INP's mission and research, and we have showcased his work on multiple occasions, including screening a documentary of his groundbreaking work to understand the psychology of Nazi doctors and, more generally, the psychology of evil and pathways to prevent future tragedy.   A wide range of additional interdisciplinary faculty have contributed to various other INP initiatives.